Friday, May 17, 2013

Turning a Treasure into an Heirloom


Don't you just love when you take some of the "stuff" you've bought at garage sales and flea markets and do something with them?
I had purchased this silver plate - about 8" in diameter - at a estate sale.  I think I paid $.50 for it.  The reason it was so inexpensive was that in the center it had an engraved award for Best Baker - 1982 at the Tuttle Food Fair to John Weir.

I took an old, old photo of my Grandmother and Grandfather sitting on a rock wall dated 7/7/24.  They were in Pawhuska, Oklahoma. 
We don't have a lot of photos of my Grandfather as he was a full blood Cherokee Indian.  He passed away the same year I was born so I really never knew him.
I copied the photo onto cardstock and cut out a circle larger than the photo. 
I dug out my big bag of vintage buttons and started hot gluing them around the picture on the edges of the circle of cardstock.  Then, I just added other buttons here and there stacking them on top of each other until I had a pleasing arrangement that I was happy with.
Tom & Essie
A family heirloom made out of a 50 cent treasure!
Don't forget to sign up today and tomorrow for the Plaster Paint Giveaway!  You can sign up once each day and the drawing will be on Saturday evening.  I'll announce the winner on Sunday.
Till next time, Judy


  1. What a great redo/idea.
    I am looking forward to getting some of this "other stuff" behind me, so can do something creative again.
    Enjoy your weekend.

  2. This is a cute idea, Judy...I would have passed by the tray because of the middle but I have no imagination whatsoever! I love this! The edges are really pretty and the buttons make it special.


  3. What a wonderful re purpose idea for your silver tray!

  4. That is awesome! I wonder what the silver in that thing is worth? I say .50 was a real bargain! It's beautiful! Consider me entering the giveaway for the plaster paint!

    Cheery wave from

  5. Very sweet idea. Love the old photo.


  6. Absolutely where are all my buttons????
    I hope you have a great weekend !!!

  7. Judy, this really is a wonderful idea! I love the fact that you have that picture of your grandfather. We think that maybe one of our great great grandparents (on my mother's side) might have been Cherokee. Not sure, but we can't really locate them on a census, but we know they were from the Carolinas and know that the surname was one that belonged to an Indian trader who married a Cherokee woman. My grandfather's father's name is also unusual, and to me indicates that it might point to an Indian connection. I keep hoping that something turns up. It's the only genealogy line I've had difficulty charting.

    I love that photo of your grandparents, and I'm so glad that you have it and could honor them this way. What a treasure!

    I'm dropping by from Claudia's favorite thing weekend and enjoyed seeing what you shared with us.



  8. Very clever how you saved this beautiful tray and turned it into a family heirloom. Happy Hearts are Creative Hearts...

  9. What a fabulous idea! My Mom has a silver tray with some kind of award she won and this would be great to do on it!


  10. So awesome! This warm weather has been getting me excited for yard sale season. There's just something really exciting about turning someone's junk into treasure!

    Stopping by from Claudia's Party.

    Kristina @ Mother's Niche

  11. That is so clever Judy - what a great 'cover up'!!!
    A beautiful old photo from days gone by - I'm wondering what the 'Essie' is short for - Esther or Esme may be??
    How wonderful to have Cherokee heritage - a shame you didn't know him.
    I'm a button nut too so I would probably have done something similar!
    Shane ♥

  12. Hi Judy,

    What a beautiful family heirloom you have created with some vintage buttons, a few pennies and a little imagination! Thank goodness for old photos; they are our permanent trail back to cherished loved ones.


  13. Another great project-- Love it!!

  14. Judy, I love your idea. The picture is special too. xoxo,Susie

  15. I always look at your ideas and say why didn't think of that.

  16. I love what you did with the tray and buttons and I love your story.


  17. you are always coming up with these great ideas!

    It is lovely!

  18. What a great idea! I love your new heirloom. :)

  19. I love that Judy, such a great idea! So charming!

    Happy weekend!

  20. Oh I wish you could have known your grandfather, bet he had some stories to tell, maybe they were passed down to you anyway? Love what you've done with the silver tray and the pic, just lovely. Mary

  21. Such a neat way to use that plate and make your own heirloom out of it, Judy.

    By the way, one of my good friends is named Jon Weir!

    Thanks so much for joining in this week.


  22. I'm impressed down to my toes! I have several engraved treasures that were a must have at a yard sale but I've never enjoyed them. I can now fix it with your inspired idea! Thank you!

  23. This is awesome Judy! I love how you made this into a treasure tray, very neat idea!

  24. This is adorable Judy!

    Bug Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  25. What a great idea! I love anything with buttons :)

  26. You took something that was surely destined for the garbage and made it into something useful, beautiful and creative. I love buttons, and it looks like we both had the button bug this week :).

  27. How pretty. I still have a few buttons from my grandmother's stash. Hugs!

  28. Your button framed family treasure is a BRAINSTORM! CUTE! CUTE! CUTE!



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